– by Joseph Jammer Medina

After a few weeks in theaters, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is absolutely demolishing the box office, breaking all sorts of records, and exceeding expectations on virtually every front. It’s poised to easily break $1B by this coming weekend, with the help of China, marking the first beginning standalone superhero film to do so — including the recent Spider-Man: Homecoming!

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Of course, business like this is good for the entire genre of superhero movies, but there is TV star who hopes the film is also good for shows starring people of color. Speaking with TV Guide, Black Lightning star Cress Williams expressed hope that the show has a positive effect on his own series, saying:

“We’re now on the other side of the Olympics and awards season and all that, so I think we’ll see this kind of latter half what effect [Black Panther] had. I hope it has a positive effect. A lot of people were like, ‘Oh man, your numbers are going to totally go up!’ It actually makes sense because Black Panther was such a great movie and hopefully it whets your appetite for more, so then you have the opportunity to watch a TV show like every single week. So I hope so. We haven’t really seen it yet.”

It actually genuinely helps that Black Lightning is a solid show as well, so it’s not like it’ll just be raising the tide for all shows like it, regardless of quality. Hopefully, Black Panther could raise awareness of other black-led superheroes, and should audiences begin to hunt for others, a series like Black Lightning is sure to benefit.

What do you think? Will Black Panther‘s success open the floodgates for future superhero shows with black leads? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Black Lightning airs on the CW on Tuesdays at 9/8c.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.